Network Programmer This programmer writes code that allows players to compete or cooperate, connected via a LAN or the Internet (or in rarer cases, directly connected via modem). Programmers implementing these game features can spend all their time in this one role, which is often considered one of the most technically challenging. Network latency, packet compression, and dropped or interrupted connections are just a few of the concerns one must consider. Although multi-player features can consume the entire production timeline and require the other engine systems to be designed with networking in mind, network systems are often put off until the last few months of development, adding additional difficulties to this role. Some titles have had their online features (often considered lower priority than the core gameplay) cut months away from release due to concerns such as lack of management, design forethought, or scalability. Virtua Fighter 5 for the PS3 is a notable example.
Santa Monica, California, United States of America Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Santa Monica enjoys an average of 310 days of sunshine a year. A number of software development studios are based in Santa Monica, making it a major location for the industry. These include: Activision Blizzard, Treyarch, Cloud Imperium Games and PUBG Corporation. Sony Santa Monica Studio is also based here. Santa Monica features in a tonne of technology software including Grand Theft Auto V, Driver, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, The Crew and Need for Speed.